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News in Brief 162

on Thursday, 24 January 2013. Posted in News in brief

PARISHES PLANNING FOR THE FUTURE BY WORKING TOGETHER
– YOUR VOICE IS NEEDED
Our Diocese is growing and to plan for our future we are asking parishes to work together to make sure our planning and process of change will strengthen us in our roles as bearers of Christ’s love, in existing and new communities. The process for planning for the future builds on our existing diocesan pastoral plan and will be launched by Bishop Peter Ingham on Sunday, 3 February. Every family in the Diocese will on that day receive a Workbook. These will give you information about our role as baptised people in the Church as well as particular information about parishes and ministries in our Diocese. Our parish will have information and discussion sessions at the following dates and times:
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Please add your name to the Registration Forms on the resource table at the back of the Church. It is very important you are informed about this process of change as every parish in our Diocese will be affected. We need your feedback as we prepare for the future!

For more information on Pastoral Planning, click here.

CATECHIST MORNING TEA.
You are warmly invited to the CCD Resource Centre, Micah House, 35a Cordeaux Street, Campbelltown on Thursday, 7 February 2013 at 10.30am for a Catechist Morning Tea. This is a chance for Catechists to meet other Catechists in the Diocese, exchange ideas and explore the Resource Centre for things that will help in your important ministry with children. Contact Cindy on 4640 8550.

CCD COORDINATOR MEETINGS
will be held for Illawarra-Shoalhaven on Friday, 1 February 2013 at Xavier Centre, 38 Harbour Street, Wollongong and for Macarthur-Highlands on Monday, 4 February at Micah House, 35a Cordeaux Street, Campbelltown. Please contact Cindy Oliver on 4640 8550 to book your place.

BEGINNING EXPERIENCE WEEKEND
1-3 March 2013 at Mt St Benedict, Pennant Hills
The loss of a loved one through separation, divorce or death is one of life’s most traumatic experiences. It can result in deep feelings of loneliness, grief and hurt. Beginning experience is a weekend program to help grieving single-again persons move from the darkness of their grief into the light of a new beginning and move into the future with renewed hope. It helps deal with the natural grief process and offers and opportunity, through God for turning the pain of loss into an experience of positive growth. Contact
or Lynne on 4627 2084 by 13 February.

ILLAWARRA SOCIAL JUSTICE FORUM:
Wednesday, 20 February, 5:00-6:30pm, Xavier Centre, 38 Harbour St Wollongong 

Are you concerned about social justice issues being faced by people in the Illawarra region and wider world? Would you like support in working proactively to care for creation? The Diocesan Justice Ecology & Peace Council invites you to participate in a forum on Social Justice in the Illawarra. The aim of this forum is to develop ways in which we can support each other in the work for social justice in this region of the Diocese. Enquiries and RSVP by 15 February to or 4222 2463

RCIA Team & Coordinator Gatherings –
Tuesday 12 February 12 noon -2.00pm, Xavier Centre, 38 Harbour St, Wollongong & 7.30pm - 9.00pm OLMC Parish Meeting Room, St Andrews Rd Varroville
Our first gathering of RCIA teams and coordinators will occur on the Tuesday, 12 February.
These gatherings will focus on final arrangements for the Rite of Election and retreats for Candidates and Catechumens. Also of interest will be formation on the new resource material for initiation and some of the resources being developed for Children’s initiation.
Please RSVP by Friday, 8 February to or 4222 2403.

STEWARDSHIP CORNER 27 January, 3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time
We have all heard today’s reading from St Paul, probably many times before. He mentions various parts of our body, our eyes and ears, our hands and feet. Have we ever stopped and been awestruck at our five senses? Five more reasons to show gratitude to our good and gracious God.

GOD IN THE GONG
heads to the Macarthur on 12 February – don’t miss out on being there when this kicks off!
For ages 18-35 years (Age limit does not apply to Clergy, Religious and Youth Ministers)
Venue: Macarthur Tavern (Cnr Gilchrist and Kellicar Rds, Campbelltown)
Speaker: Francine and Byron Pirola
Topic: Faith and Fidelity: Finding and celebrating love
Dinner available at the venue from 5:30pm
Enquiries: or 4222 2460

WORLDWIDE MARRIAGE ENCOUNTER.
A weekend for married couples from Friday 15 to Sunday 17 March 2013 at Mount Carmel Retreat Centre, Varroville. Take time out of your busy schedule to invest in your most precious asset ... your marriage! This is a unique opportunity to recharge your relationship batteries, refocus on each other and fall in love all over again! Bookings Ardell & Bill Sharpe on 4283 3435 or email .
For information visit www.wwme.org.au

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